TikTok’s iOS App Can Track Users’ Activity on Other Websites, New Research Claims

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Just in case you feel too comfortable scrolling through the TikTok app every day on your iPhone, you might be aware of a new piece of information that will probably scare the addiction out of you. According to new research from software engineer Felix Kruse, TikTok has the possibility of tracking your behavior while you browse web pages in its app.

What exactly does this tracking include? Very simple: the links you click as well as passwords you enter, among others.

There’s still hope

The researcher also says that there’s no way of finding out if the data gathered is used or how it can be used. But even so, many TikTok users will surely feel pretty uncomfortable after reading what Kruse has to say.

Kruse brought the terrifying statement on Twitter:

When opening a website from within the TikTok iOS app, they inject code that can observe every keyboard input (which may include credit card details, passwords or other sensitive information)

TikTok also has code to observe all taps, like clicking on any buttons or links.

However, the researcher still added that “just because an app injects JavaScript into external websites, doesn’t mean the app is doing anything malicious.”


Slowly but surely, TikTok has become one of the most popular social platforms out there. It currently reaches about 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. TikTok remains the most popular app for US teens and young adults. A month ago, TikTok was updated to version 25.4.15 beta, and users can grab it in the form of APK via APKMirror, the place where tons of updates exist.

TikTok comes in the size of 278.3 MB for iOS devices, 265.2 MB for iPadOS devices, and 88.0 MB for gadgets running on the Android OS.

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